Las Alamedas - Katy
Las Alamedas the famous Mexican restaurant with the arches on I-10, has reopened in Katy. Following a dispute with the landlords that resulted in the restaurant's closure, it has been reincarnated in the La Centerra shopping mall at the corner of Cinco Ranch Blvd and Hwy 99.
The new location is fabulous. There's a courtyard with fountains burbling up where the kids can play, a gracious interior, and the same terrific food.
We dined there tonight, opening night. Our table of three had the Mixed Seafood Ceviche and Queso Fundido to start, followed with the Chicken Acapulco, the Cabrito, and the Huachinango Ponchetrain.
The ceviche and queso were absolutely outstanding and we all agreed we'd gladly return just for those. The Cabrito was "as good as at the old place," which means, "fabulous." The Chicken Acapulco was also a huge hit.
Really, only the snapper was a bit of a miss. It's difficult to get fish just right - cooked until it's just flaky, but not so long that it dries out. It was a little dried and the sauce was not as flavorful as one would hope. Also, it was too salty for my individual taste, but I am trying to restrict my salt intake, so someone else might have found it just right. Still, as the old saying goes, you can always add salt....
For dessert, we shared a Tres Leches. It was wonderful, as good as we've had in a commercial establishment. It was so fresh-tasting that we felt certain it had just been made today in their kitchen, rather than purchased from a purveyor. We asked and were told that indeed Las Alamedas does make all of their desserts on site.
Kind of expensive, true, but we'll definitely be returning. We love this place.